Sunset beach photo sessions are amazing in the fall down south! No oppressive heat, fewer tourists - it reminds me of why so many people are moving to Charleston. I spoke recently with the mom from the J family about how I put off getting family pictures done, and she confessed that she was in the same situation, with no family pictures taken since her youngest was born, and we booked a session for her family of six! When we talked about locations, she loved the idea of beach photos in October - and then Hurricane Matthew paid us a visit. He left the beaches a mess, and only island residents were even allowed in the area. A few weeks went by, and it was worth the wait. I promised the J family a beautiful sunset, and it was delivered! The sky lit up with gold and pink, bringing a gorgeous warm tone to their images. The kids ranged in age from under two to almost ten, and they were the epitome of southern charm mixed with mischief. Their daughter treated me to the best shy smiles, their two younger boys reminded me of my own kids - constantly exploring and interacting with the environment - and their eldest son was a fantastic assistant who loved talking with me about things he built! His favorite spot was underneath the pier, and we agreed that a "cool" symmetrical picture had to be done. Here are a few sneak photos from our time together. Enjoy! <3

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Jamie Stefanko Photography is located outside Charleston, SC in Summerville, SC. Jamie Stefanko is Charleston's premier family photographer specializing in artistic, contemporary family and child photography. As a professional photographer, Jamie captures children, maternity, newborn, high school senior, and family portraits in Charleston, South Carolina and Summerville-Daniel Island-Mount Pleasant-Goose Creek-West Ashley-Moncks Corner-Folly Beach-James Island, South Carolina.